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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "nigeria national petroleum corporation" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "contract award committee" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Alhaji.Jubril Hassa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 22:23:43 +0200
Subject: From: Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation nnpc
Nnpc towers, central business district, Business Offices Lagos Business Of=
fice (LBO) 13B, Oju Olobun Close, Off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island,=
Lagos. From: Alhaji. Jubril Hassan Chairman contract award committee Attn:=
Ceo Dear Sir, My name is Alhaji. Jubril Hassan, chairman contract award co=
mmittee with the Nigeria national petroleum corporation (nnpc). Be informed=
that my partners and i awarded a contract to a foreign firm (G=FCnther Hei=
gl Daimler AG construction company Germany) with contract no nnpc/fmf/cbn/2=
2/566/kadref/98 for the maintenance of the Nigeria petroleum-chemical compl=
ex located at Kaduna, Nigeria. The contract amount was over invoiced to the=
cost of contract to us$143,000,000.00. The original contractor (G=FCnther =
Heigl Daimler AG construction company Germany) has been paid in full amount=
of his contract fund, what is now left is the top up sum of the U$D143, 00=
0,000.00, (million united states dollars) which was over invoiced. We, as g=
overnment officials, are not permitted to own or operate foreign bank accou=
nts, therefore we need reliable person who will provide us with a foreign a=
ccount where to transfer and deposit this U$D143, 000,000.00, that is the r=
eason we are soliciting for your sincere assistance to provide us with an a=
ccount where to transfer this money all modalities for the easy transfer of=
this money is now in place, the period of this transaction is only two wee=
ks from the day we receive your bank account details. However, when this fu=
nd gets to your bank account, we will meet face to face for the sharing arr=
aignments. Note that 50% of our share will be invested in your country. We =
propose to give you 30% of the U$D143, 000,000.00, as my partners and I wil=
l get 60% of the money. The balance of 10% will be allocated to cover all e=
xpenses uncured by both partners, be informed that this proposal is urgent =
and confidential. Please fax to me your bank account details and full addre=
ss company name and address and your private phone and fax number for easy =
communication and which will also be used in securing the necessary documen=
ts for easy transfer of the fund. Awaiting your urgent response. Best regar=
ds. Alhaji. Jubril Hassan. ------------------------------------------------=
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